- be is part of the Basic English 850.
- (auxiliary) (linking) This verb tells us that a thing is present, or in a place.
- The book is on the table.
- There was someone in the room.
- Were you at the party?
- (auxiliary) (linking) Happen
- The party was on Saturday.
- The next meeting will be here.
- (auxiliary) (linking) Go somewhere; visit someone (only in the present perfect tense)
- I've never been to Disneyland.
- (auxiliary) (linking) A verb we use when describing.
- The book is blue.
- They were sad about losing the match.
- John is 35 years old this year.
- I'm fine.
- He'd like to be a doctor.
- The film was terrible!
- The book is 5 euro.
- (auxiliary) (linking) Act like someone or something
- Look, Mummy! I'm being a dog! Woof, woof!
- (auxiliary) (linking) We use a form of be and a gerund-participle to make progressive verb forms.
- He is sitting on the chair.
- I've been waiting for half an hour.
- They will be leaving on Tuesday.
- Present simple: I am, you are, he is, she is, it is, we are, you are, they are
- Past simple: I was, you were, he was, she was, we were, you were, they were
- Past participle: been
- Present participle: being